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Buffalo News: Election reform might be progress, but don’t call New York ‘progressive’ – December 5, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Max & Murphy Podcast: State Campaign Finance Reform Takes Shape, with Challenge to Minor Parties – December 5, 2019

Spectrum News: Cuomo: Lawmakers Should Call Special Session If They Don’t Like Public Finance Plan – December 4, 2019

NPR: Lack Of Key Provision Could Sink NY Public Campaign Finance Plan – December 4, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Seeds of Campaign Finance Commission Debacle Planted in Broken State Budget Process – December 4, 2019

New York Law Journal: NY Public Campaign Financing System Could Have Fatal Bug, Attorneys Say – December 3, 2019

WNYC: Big Donors Need Not Worry About New Albany Campaign Finance ‘Reforms’ – December 3, 2019

Washington Post: Why are big-money Democrats turning their fire on progressives? – December 3, 2019

Yes! Magazine: Can We Get the Money Out of Politics? – December 3, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: NY Public Financing Commission Wraps Up Its Work, But Fails To Deliver Real Reform – December 2, 2019

NY State of Politics: Commission Releases Report Detailing How Elections Will Be Funded In New York – December 2, 2019

Albany Times Union: Advocates concerned as state Board of Elections gains new oversight powers – December 2, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: 5 ways New York’s elections are set to change – December 2, 2019

City & State New York: When the new campaign finance recommendations actually take effect – December 2, 2019

Brooklyn Reporter: Publicly funded political campaigns: what you need to know – December 2, 2019

Spectrum News: Commission Sets Suggested Ballot Requirements, Donor Limits in Report – December 2, 2019

Ballot Access News: New York Campaign Finance Reform Commission Report is Factually Inaccurate – December 2, 2019

Politico: Campaign finance report leads to special session guessing game – December 1, 2019

New York Daily News: Campaign finance system and election overhaul coming to New York – December 1, 2019

Associated Press: Capitol Watch: Lawmakers could fine-tune public funding plan – November 30, 2019

Times Union: Viewpoint: Campaign finance reform was designed to fail – November 28, 2019

Gotham Gazette: State Lawmakers Criticize Campaign Finance Commission Results While Legislative Leaders Stay Mum – November 27, 2019

NY State of Politics: Public Financing Coalition Wants Session To Change Recommendations – November 27, 2019

Press Release: 200+ Organizations in Fair Elections for NY Campaign Call on Governor Cuomo and Legislature to Return to Albany & Give New York the Campaign Finance Program It Deserves – November 27, 2019

Albany Times Union: Would Cuomo picks really have blown up campaign reform? – November 26, 2019

Spectrum News: State Public Campaign Financing Proposals Get Mixed Reviews – November 26, 2019

Spectrum News: Campaign Finance System Recommends Lower Contribution Limits – November 26, 2019

New York Post: State panel proposes rules for lower fat cat donations in NY races – November 26, 2019

Caribbean Life News: Williams, advocates call for fair election financing – November 26, 2019

NCPR: A public campaign finance system imagined, and critiqued – November 26, 2019

Wall Street Journal: New York State Panel Approves Public Campaign Finance System – November 25, 2019

Spectrum News: Commission Votes for New York State to Have Publicly-Financed Campaigns – November 25, 2019

Buffalo News: $100M taxpayer-funded campaign finance system moves one step closer to law – November 25, 2019

Newsday: Panel agrees on a system for public funding of political campaigns – November 25, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Deeply Disappointed with Flawed Proposal & Process from Governor & Legislature’s Fair Elections Commission – November 25, 2019

Buffalo News: Another Voice: Campaign finance panel needs to give small donors a voice – November 24, 2019

Gotham Gazette: State Campaign Finance Commission Decisions; City Council Passes Parking Placard Bills; & More: The Week Ahead in New York Politics – November 25, 2019

City & State NY: New York should brace for complicated campaign finance system – November 24, 2019

Chelsea Community News: Let’s Get Big Special-Interest Money Out of NY Politics – November 22, 2019

Press Release: 200-plus Group Fair Elections Campaign: “Unrealistic for Governor & Legislative Leaders to Expect Support for Deeply Flawed Public Campaign Financing Commission Proposals – November 21, 2019

Buffalo News: State panel closing in on new taxpayer-funded campaign finance system – November 21, 2019

Albany Times Union: Dozens of Dem lawmakers set expectations for campaign commission – November 20, 2019

Press Release: Unions, Civil Rights Organizations, Government Reform Experts, Advocates, and Community Groups to Cuomo and Legislative Leaders: Current Public Financing Commission Proposals Are Weak; Make Necessary Improvements – November 19, 2019

New York Daily News: Members of NAACP, unions, advocates call on Cuomo and legislative leaders to ensure state campaign finance program is fair – November 19, 2019

NY State of Politics: Public Finance Commission Close to Final Proposal – November 19, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Immigrant Advocacy Group Releases 2020 New York Policy Agenda – November 19, 2019

El Diario: Platform “respect and dignity” will push new laws of New York in 2020 – November 19, 2019

NPR: Concern Rises Over Direction Of New York’s Public Campaign Finance Commission – November 18, 2019

Associated Press: Capitol Watch: Commissions Make Law Behind Closed Doors -November 16, 2019

Press Release: Poll: As Public Campaign Financing Commission Heads in Wrong Direction, New Poll Shows Strong Support for Governor and Legislature Stepping in if Commission Falls Short – November 15, 2019

City & State: Commentary: Legislature should reject high campaign contribution limits – November 15, 2019

Albany Times Union: Poll shows support for third-party ballot access – November 14, 2019

NPR: Commissioners Disagree On How Best To Devise Public Campaign Financing In NY – November 14, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign: “Commission Is More Interested in Protecting the Status Quo Than Real Reform” – November 13, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Advocates to Commission: Pass a Strong Public Matching Proposal – November 13, 2019

New York Daily News: Commission crafting public financing program for New York elections nears consensus – November 13, 2019

NY State of Politics: Alternative Model For Public Financing To Be Proposed – November 13, 2019

Times-Union: Under proposal, taxpayer funds could match big campaign donations – November 13, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Calls for Vote on Senate Appointee Getachew’s Proposal to Replace Commission’s Weak Public Matching Program – November 12, 2019

Associated Press: NY crafting plan to let candidates run with tax dollars – November 12, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: The State’s Public Financing Commission Starts To Put Its Plan Together – November 11, 2019

Yonkers Tribune: Open Letter Regarding Public Campaign Financing Commission – November 10, 2019

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Grassroots 2020 candidates demand major campaign finance reform – November 8, 2019

Bloomberg: Cuomo’s Move to Revamp N.Y. Campaign-Finance Laws Stirs Doubts – November 8, 2019

Kings County Politics: Insurgent Candidates Pressure Incumbants On Campaign Finance Reforms – November 8, 2019

New York Post: Cuomo racks up campaign cash as state considers donor limit – November 6, 2019

Times Herald-Record: My view: Shake up the status quo, make NY elections fair – November 3, 2019

Spectrum News: Public Finance Commission Takes Heat over Lack of Transparency – November 2, 2019

New York Daily News: The weaponization of New York’s campaign finance commission – November 1, 2019

New York Daily News: Political theater: Public Financing Commission overshadowed by party politics – October 31, 2019

Newsday: New proposal would match more state funds to local campaign donations to limit big-money donors – October 30, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Advocates and Elected Officials Rally For a Strong Public Financing Program at Commission’s Buffalo Hearing – October 29, 2019

Buffalo News: Letter: Reform panel has chance to make politics less corrupt – October 29, 2019

Buffalo News: Many in favor of public campaign financing in N.Y. – October 29, 2019

Newsday: Allow fusion voting and open up the political process – October 29, 2019

NY State of Politics: Campaign Finance Reform Advocates Alarmed By Public Financing Details – October 28, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign to Commission: Don’t Create Weak, Unworkable Public Financing Program – October 28, 2019

New York Daily News: Opinion: Public financing now: The state must democratize our election financing – October 27, 2019

Albany Times Union: Potential future of election campaigns in New York takes shape – October 25, 2019

NPR: Abrupt Reversal By NY Campaign Finance Commission Leaves Supporters Wondering – October 25, 2019

NY1: State Public Finance Commission Reverses Itself – October 24, 2019

NY State of Politics: Campaign Finance Commission Reverses Itself – October 24, 2019

Kings County Politics: Mosley: Public Financing Elections Shouldn’t Be Tied To Fusion Voting – October 23, 2019

Letter to the Public Campaign Financing Commission: Fair Elections for New York Campaign Calls for Greater Transparency – October 23, 2019

Newsday: Campaign panel weighs bigger public match for local donations – October 22, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Advocates and Elected Officials Rally For a Strong Public Financing Program at Commission Hearing – October 22, 2019

Newsday: Focus on finance, not fusion – October 21, 2019

City Limits: Flawed Process Could Mar State’s Campaign Finance Reform Effort – October 21, 2019

Newsday: Campaign financing ruling due day before Thanksgiving; GOP cries foul – October 19, 2019

El Diario: Nuestra comunidad exige acción de la comisión sobre financiamiento público – October 17, 2019

Rockland County Times: Carlucci’s Column: Fight For Fair Elections – October 17, 2019

NY State of Politics: Public Financing Supporters Knock Holiday-Timed Release Of Report – October 16, 2019

Times Union: Letter: Keep the pressure on for campaign reform – October 15, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Statement on Commission’s Thanksgiving Report Release – October 15, 2019

NY State of Politics: Public Finance Commission Will Present Report Next Month – October 15, 2019

NPR: New York Public Finance Commission Begins Discussing Details – October 14, 2019

Associated Press: Big questions remain for NY’s public campaign finance plan – October 14, 2019

Times Union: Commission considers lowering New York’s political contribution limits – October 14, 2019

City Limits: Debate Over Fine Points of Campaign-Finance System as Deadline Nears – October 14, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign to Public Financing Commission: Release Interim Draft Bill – October 14, 2019

NPR: Public campaign finance commission to hold meeting on state holiday – October 11, 2019

NY State of Politics: Public Financing Coalition Wants To See Commission’s Draft Work – October 10, 2019

Associated Press: Public campaign finance task force faces call for update – October 7, 2019

Spectrum News: Good-Government Groups Want To See Draft Work From Public Financing Commission – October 7, 2019

Times Union: Opinion: A request for real reform – October 5, 2019

Times Union: Commentary: Public financing of NY elections will empower voters – October 1, 2019

The Citizen: Dana Balter testifies at Albany hearing, backs NY public financing of elections – September 20, 2019

New York Daily News: Jerrold Nadler: Seize this campaign reform opportunity, New York – September 18, 2019

The Wall Street Journal: New York State Panel Hears Input on Public Campaign-Finance System – September 18, 2019

NBC News Channel 13: Group rallies in Albany to get big money out of politics – September 18, 2018

Legislative Gazette: As campaign finance reform commission begins its work, new report looks at Albany’s 2018 fundraising – September 18, 2019

Spectrum News: NYPIRG Makes Public Campaign Finance Recommendations To Commission – September 18, 2019

Press Release: At Albany Hearing, 200+ Fair Elections Groups Call on Public Campaign Financing Commission to Deliver Model for the Nation – September 18, 2019

Spectrum News: Local Electeds Send Letter To Public Financing Commission – September 17, 2019

WAMC: The Capitol Connection #1937 – September 13, 2019

amNY: Fusion, public campaign finance, and a ‘laboratory for democracy’ – September 11, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Calls to Keep Fusion Voting, Create Robust Public Matching System at First Hearing of State Campaign Finance Commission – September 11, 2019

City & State New York: 4 takeaways from the first Public Campaign Financing Commission hearing – September 11, 2019

Gothamist: Activists Tell Campaign Finance Commission To Stick To Campaign Finance, Hands Off Fusion Voting – September 10, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Rallies Outside Public Campaign Financing Commission First Public Hearing – September 10, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: Campaign Finance Overhaul Begins – September 9, 2019

City & State New York: The people who could overhaul New York’s elections – September 9, 2019

Times Union: Advocates make the case for public financing of campaigns – September 5, 2019

The Buffalo News: Watchdog groups: state facing key opportunity to fix campaign finance laws – September 5, 2019

WCNY Capitol Press Room: Blair Horner on public campaign financing – September 5, 2018

Press Release: 30 Years, Few Changes: New Report Finds Wealthy and Powerful Still Dominate Albany Giving — Public Financing of Elections is Best Fix – September 5, 2019

State of Politics: Coalition To Make Public Financing Push – September 5, 2019

Press Release: Coalition Ramps Up Campaign Demanding New York’s Campaign Finance Commission Enact Bold Reforms – September 4, 2019

Newsday: Commission to decide on historic public funding of political campaigns – September 2, 2019

State of Politics: Good-Government Groups Want Focus On Public Financing, Not Fusion Voting – August 27, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: NY Finally Starts The Process To Establish A Public Campaign Financing System – August 26, 2019

Associated Press: New York Capitol Watch – August 25, 2019

WCNY The Capitol Pressroom: Public campaign financing – August 23, 2019

WFUV: New Yorkers Call for Fair Elections – August 22, 2019

Gotham Gazette: State Campaign Financing Commission Holds First Public Meeting – August 22, 2019

El Diario: 200 coaliciones de Nueva York apuestan a romper con el modelo de financiamiento electoral – August 22, 2019

Politico New York Playbook: First election financing meeting – August 22, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Calls on Commission to Reject Poison Pills – August 22, 2019

Shawangunk Journal: Letters: Campaign Finance Reform – August 22, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Opinion: State Campaign Finance Commission is About to Get to Work; Here’s How It Can Help Albany Clean Up Its Act – August 21, 2019

WAMC: NY Public Finance Commission To Hold First Meeting – August 21, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Holds Press Conference and Rally At First Meeting of Public Campaign Financing Commission – August 21, 2019

WXXI: Public Campaign Finance Commission holds first meeting Wednesday – August 20, 2019

Rochester Business Journal: New York State public campaign financing commission to host first meeting in NYC – August 20, 2019

City & State New York: Commission on public financing to meet – August 20, 2019

Albany Times-Union: Campaign financing commission scheduled to meet – August 19, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Awaiting a Pantaleo Decision; State Campaign Finance Commission Launch; and More: The Week Ahead in New York Politics – August 19, 2019

New York Times: Letters: Cuomo and Campaign Financing – August 4, 2019

Norwood News: Op-Ed: State Public Financing Would Reduce Role of Big Money in NY Elections – August 3, 2019

City & State: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign contributions draw scrutiny – August 4, 2019

The Hudson Independent: Let­ters: An Open Let­ter on Cam­paign Fi­nance Re­form to Sen­a­tor Har­ck­ham – July 28, 2019

amNY: Public campaign financing, in the hands of 9 people – July 25, 2019 

Newsday: The Point: Setting the agenda in New York – July 23, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Statement on Fusion Voting Lawsuits – July 23, 2019

NY State of Politics: Public Financing Advocates Seek To Shape Commission’s Work – July 16, 2019

Spectrum News: Cuomo Releases Campaign Finances, Commission Could Change Future Fundraising – July 16, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Releases Recommendations to Make Public Financing Commission’s Work Transparent — and Successful – July 15, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Cautious Optimism Among Reformers After State Public Campaign Financing Commission Named – July 9, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: NY May Have Just Taken A Step Toward Reform – July 8, 2019

Black Star News: New York Senate Majority Leader Announces New Public Election Financing Appointees to Counter “Dark Money” That Influences and Misinforms Public – July 4, 2019

Times-Union: State’s nine-person campaign ‘public financing’ commission announced – July 3, 2019

Associated Press: Panel Named To Set New Public Campaign Finance Rules For NY – July 3, 2019

Spectrum News: Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Name Public Campaign Finance Commission – July 3, 2019

New York Daily News: Cuomo, Legislative leaders announce picks for campaign finance panel – July 3, 2019

Buffalo News: Buffalo State official named to state Public Campaign Financing Commission – July 3, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Statement on Public Financing Commission Appointments: One Step Closer to Getting Big Money Out of Politics – July 3, 2019

Times Union: ‘Fair elections’ panel to be appointed by end of week – July 2, 2019

Crain’s Business New York: Opinion: Albany reform looking like smoke and mirrors – June 25, 2019

Gotham Gazette: In ‘Most Historic and Productive’ Session, Albany Democrats Move Extensive Agenda to Transform New York – June 24, 2019

Associated Press: NY lawmakers end session with litany of liberal victories – June 23, 2019

New York Times: A Profound Democratic Shift in New York: ‘We Seized the Moment’ – June 22, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Statement on the End of the Legislative Session: Progress Has Been Made, But We Still Have to Change the Rules of the Game – June 21, 2019

Patch: Letter To The Editor: Make Campaign Finance Reform Happen – June 20, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: Albany Gets Ready To Wrap Up The 2019 Legislative Session – June 17, 2019

Crain’s New York Business: Real estate interests spend big on rent-control renewal debates: report – June 11, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections and Housing Advocates to Legislature and Gov: Get Real Estate Big Money Out of Albany, Tenants’ Voices In – June 11, 2019

Albany Times-Union: During crucial rent renewals, real estate donations soar – June 10, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Our Work on Public Campaign Financing is Not Done (Opinion) – June 3, 2019

NY State of Politics: Public Financing Coalition Urges Appointment Of Commission – May 29, 2019

Syracuse.com: NY should lead on automatic voter registration, other reforms (Commentary) – May 28, 2019

Albany Times-Union: Top Assembly Democrats raise few in-district donations – May 24, 2019

New York Daily News: NYS Assembly Speaker Heastie draws big money from out-of-district corporate donors – May 23, 2019

Sludge: NY Assembly Leaders Get Very Little Dough from Actual Humans in Their Districts – May 23, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: Changing Albany’s Pay-To-Play Culture? Maybe. – May 13, 2019

New York Daily News: Albany Democrats are still far too shy on reform: They must stand up to all special interests to squeeze big money out of our politics – May 8, 2019

Albany Times Union: Opinion: Expand rent protections in the name of economic justice – April 22, 2019

Press Release – Fair Elections Campaign to Hold Leaders to Their Promise of a Robust Small Donor Matching System by the End of Year – April 18, 2019

Times Union: ‘Fair elections’ advocates keeping pressure on lawmakers – April 17, 2019

New York Daily News: Opinion: New York, take a stand against big money in politics – April 17, 2019

Sunday Civics: Big Money vs. Us – April 14, 2019

Wall Street Journal: In New York, Progressives and Democratic Establishment Begin to Lock Horns – April 14, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: An upstate New York industry on the rise: Lobbying at the state Capitol – April 12, 2019

Buffalo News: Rod Watson: Empowered Democrats not so enamored of campaign finance reform – April 10, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Opinion: It’s Time to Get Big Money Out of the Climate Change Fight – April 9, 2019

New York Daily News: Opinion: A small-donor matching public campaign finance system is in reach in New York – April 8, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: Opinion: Campaign finance reform would build the public trust – April 5, 2019

The Atlantic: New York Democrats Are Falling Short on Goals – April 5, 2019

City & State: Commentary: State budget jeopardized public financing of elections – April 3, 2019

City & State: Why New York is relying on commissions to make policy – April 3, 2019

Gotham Gazette: In State Budget, More on Voting, Little on Ethics, and Half-Baked Campaign Finance Reform – April 2, 2019

WNYC: Cuomo Will Take the Matching Funds. But Contribution Limits Are Another Matter. – April 2, 2019

New York Intelligencer: Why Couldn’t New York Get a More Progressive Budget? – April 2, 2019

Legislative Gazette: Budget allocates $24.7M to improve voting process — publicly funded elections delayed – April 2, 2019

Daily News: Democrats in Albany buck party to vote against budget – April 2, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: Unable to agree, Andrew Cuomo, lawmakers punt on public campaign finance – April 1, 2019

Wall Street Journal: New York to Set Up Panel to Explore Public Financing of Campaigns – April 1, 2019 

Associated Press: NY Budget: Big Steps, but Some Details Will Wait – April 1, 2019

Daily News: ‘Kind of like a turducken’ — Everyone has issues with the new NY state budget except Gov. Cuomo – April 1, 2019

New York Times: Democratic Rift Over N.Y. Budget as Progressive Backlash Grows – April 1, 2019

Politico: New York budget provides a reality check for Albany’s progressives – April 1, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Cuomo, Legislators Agree to $175.5 Billion Budget with Congestion Pricing, Criminal Justice Reform and Commitment to Public Campaign Financing – April 1, 2019

Cap Times: Editorial: Wisconsin should address damage done by big money from outside interests – April 1, 2019

BronxNet: BronxTalk: Money and Politics – April 1, 2019

ABC 7: You may soon pay for N.Y. political campaigns – April 1, 2019

City & State: Five issues coming up after the state budget – March 31, 2019

City & State: Cuomo, lawmakers reach $175.5 billion budget deal – March 31, 2019

New York Times: 7 Takeaways From New York’s $175 Billion Budget – March 31, 2019

Press Release: FAILURE TO PASS PUBLIC FINANCING IN BUDGET “MISSED OPPORTUNITY” – March 31, 2019

Daily News: New York lawmakers expected to pass sweeping $175 billion state budget loaded with reform measures – March 31, 2019

Times Union: $175 billion budget deal announced – these are the highlights – March 31, 2019

Times Union: Campaign finance a final hurdle in budget talks – March 31, 2019

City & State: Cuomo: State budget deal reached, except public financing – March 30, 2019

Press Release: New Yorkers to Albany: Finish the Job! Fair Elections Campaign Gathers Outside Governor Cuomo’s Office to Call on Leaders to Pass Public Financing of Elections – March 30, 2019

Press Release: How to Judge Fair Elections Language in the Budget – March 30, 2019

Daily News: Cuomo, legislators reach deal on state budget that includes congestion pricing and mansion tax to support MTA; bills to be voted on Sunday – March 30, 2019

State of Politics: 9 House Dems Call For Public Financing In New York – March 29, 2019

City Limits: Opinion: Will NYS Defend Democracy by Adopting Public Financing? – March 29, 2019

Legislative Gazette: Last push for campaign finance reform – March 28, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Combats Public Financing Opponents Rehashing Tired Myths; Offers Path to Get This Done in the Budget – March 29, 2019

NPR: Fate of public campaign finance uncertain as feud lingers – March 29, 2019

Finger Lake Times: LETTER: Small donor match legislation would be good for NYS – March 29, 2019

Urban CNY News: Days before the Budget Decision, Syracuse Holds Rally in support of Fair Elections – March 29, 2019

Press Release: New Poll Shows Huge Support Statewide for Public Financing of Elections – March 28, 2019

City & State: Is campaign finance an issue of gender and racial equity? – March 28, 2019

Times Union: Budget season = fundraising season – March 28, 2019

New York Daily News: Fundraiser fight exposes Albany rifts as campaign finance reform hangs in budget balance – March 28, 2019

Times Union: Progressive lawmakers keep pressure on for public campaign financing – March 27, 2019

New York Daily News: N.Y. state lawmakers slam Cuomo over fancy Fifth Ave. fund-raiser weeks before budget – March 27, 2019

Newsday: 3 progressive lawmakers criticize Cuomo $25,000-a-plate fundraiser – March 27, 2019

State of Politics: Lawmakers Rip Cuomo For Fundraiser – March 27, 2019

Politico: Democratic legislators blast Cuomo over fundraising ($) – March 27, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections to Cuomo “Keep Your ‘Line in the Sand’ Promise” – March 27, 2019

New York Times: A Secretive Dinner Where $25,000 Buys Access to Cuomo (and Filet Mignon) – March 27, 2019

State of Politics: ASC Says Work Continues On Campaign Finance Law Changes – March 27, 2019

Gotham Gazette: For Real Democracy, Demand Small Donor Matching for New York State Elections – March 27, 2019

Times Union: Budget consensus takes shape as details are hammered out – March 27, 2017

CNY Homepage: New York State Budget Deadline: What May Be Included – March 27, 2019

Press Advisory: New Yorkers Head to Albany on Thursday for Emergency Action to Urge Lawmakers to Pass Fair Elections – March 27, 2019

The Nation: New York State Can Lead the Country on Publicly-Financed Elections – March 26, 2019

Politico: Legislators pass first budget bill as talks continue – March 26, 2019

Gotham Gazette: State Leaders Must Follow Through on Their Promise of a More Fair New York – March 26, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Rep. Nydia Velázquez: My Campaign Finance Pledge – March 25, 2019

State of Politics: Public Campaign Financing Supporters Mobilize – March 25, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: Campaign Finance Reform Hangs In the Balance In Albany – March 25, 2019

Capitol Pressroom: Sen. Zellnor Myrie – March 25, 2019

Newsday: Standing up for public campaign financing? – March 25, 2019

Associated Press: Tough Choices as NY Budget Talks Hit Home Stretch – March 25, 2019

Times Union: Grassroots groups put Assembly Dems on notice – March 25, 2019

Press Release: “Fair Elections” Cost a Drop in the Budget Bucket  and Would Pay for Itself – March 25, 2019

Riverdale Press: Letter to the Editor: Where is the campaign reform? – March 24, 2019

Riverdale Press: Letter to the Editor: Campaign finance reform now – March 24, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: New York’s budget: 10 ways it could impact you and your family – March 24, 2019

State of Politics: Advocates Want ‘Binding’ Language On Public Campaign Financing – March 23, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Coalition: Anything Less Than a Binding Commitment in Budget is Unacceptable – March 23, 2019

City & State: Crossing Andrew Cuomo’s red lines – March 22, 2019

State of Politics: Cuomo Talks Of ‘Progress’ On Public Campaign Financing – March 22, 2019

New York Law Journal: Exonerated Man Who Spent Years in Prison in NY Calls for Public Financing of Elections – March 22, 2019

New York Daily News: Jesse Jackson: New York, don’t miss the moment on public financing of elections – March 22, 2019

Press Release: 200+ Organization Campaign Urges New York to Take National Lead on Campaign Finance – March 22, 2019

State of Politics: National Advocacy Groups Push For Public Campaign Financing In NY – March 22, 2019

Kings County Politics: Carroll Explores Public Financing State Elections – March 22, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Advocates and Senators Refute Assembly Democrats’ Concerns with Campaign Finance Reform – March 21, 2019

BKReader: Myrie Wants ‘Big Money Kept out of Elections,’ Pushes for Public Financing Reforms – March 21, 2019

Press Release: Statement in Response to State Budget Discussions on Fair Elections – March 21, 2019

Newsday: Compromise eyed in Albany to delay public funding of campaigns – March 20, 2019

Kings County Politics: Myrie Pushes For Publicly Financed Elections – March 20, 2019

New York Times: 9 Fund-Raisers in 1 Night: Democrats Vow Reform in N.Y., but Money Still Flows – March 20, 2019

New York Daily News: New York lawmakers open to campaign finance reforms and limiting influence of big money – March 20, 2019

Politico Pro: Legislators push for public campaign financing as it becomes a budget sticking point ($) – March 20, 2019

State of Politics: Advocates Phone Lawmakers For Public Campaign Financing – March 20, 2019

Times Union: Publicly financed elections raises questions, old and new – March 20, 2019

New York Post: State progressives want Heastie to act on campaign finance now – March 20, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Opinion: Public Financing of Elections is a Matter of Racial Justice – March 20, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: Debate at the state Capitol: Should New Yorkers fund political campaigns? – March 20, 2019

Binghamton Homepage: Citizen Action thanks Lupardo for education and health care support funding increase – March 20, 2019

Daily News: DiNapoli: New York needs public campaign financing now – March 19, 2019

Legislative Gazette: Campaign finance reformers playing hardball as budget deadline nears – March 19, 2019

City & State: Opinion: Progressives should primary Assembly Democrats – March 19, 2019

NPR: Public campaign finance measure struggling to gain ground in Albany – March 19, 2019

Observer-Dispatch: YOUR VIEWS: Fair elections are key to reform – March 19, 2019

State of Politics: Campaign Finance Reform Supporters Tout Swing District Polls – March 18, 2019

El Diario: El presupuesto estatal debe incluir financiamiento público de las elecciones – March 18, 2019

Times Union: Advocates of public financing track legislative positions – March 16, 2019

State of Politics: Advocates Want Lawmakers On The Record For Public Campaign Financing – March 15, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Launches Elected Official Accountability Effort – March 15, 2019

News Channel 2: Locals Rally for Education Funding and Campaign Finance Reform – March 15, 2019

WCNY Capitol Pressroom: Campaign finance reform – March 13, 2019

Syracuse.com: Support small-donor matching funds to amplify our voices in campaigns (Your letters) – March 13, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections for NY Applauds Senate and Assembly For Moving Fair Elections Legislation Forward – March 12, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Report: Under New Law, Small Donors Drove Public Advocate Special Election Campaigns – March 12, 2019

Times Union: Cuomo: Budget ‘has to’ include public financing of elections – March 11, 2019

Politico Pro: Cuomo reiterates his demands on tax cap, ethics and criminal justice ($) – March 11, 2019

NPR (WAMC): Blair Horner: The Democrats’ Commitment To Campaign Finance Reform Gets Tested – March 11, 2019

NPR (WAMC): Cuomo Doesn’t Expect Marijuana Legalization To Be Part Of Budget – March 11, 2019

State of Politics: Parsing Public Campaign Financing – March 11, 2019

Times Union: Commentary: Curb big donor’s impact – March 9, 2019

Newsday: Opinion: Albany has a chance to elevate the people over special interests – March 8, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections for New York Hails House Passage of Public Financing; Calls on New York To Pass ‘Fair Elections’ in Budget – March 8, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections for New York Responds to Assembly Speaker Heastie’s Comments On Public Financing In the Budget – March 8, 2019

Politico Pro: Heastie casts doubt on public financing for state elections making it into the budget ($) – March 8, 2019

State of Politics: Public Financing Supporters Political Power For Communities Of Color – March 7, 2019

amNewYork: Waiting for public campaign financing in New York – March 6, 2019

BronxNet: Fair Activists to hold Bronx Town Hall – March 6, 2019

Press Release: As Legislators Finalize One-House Budgets, National Black Leaders Call on Albany to Show Their Commitment to “Fair Elections” – March 4, 2019

ABC News Channel 9: Sen. Rachel May hosts town hall on election reform – March 2, 2019

Democrat & Chronicle: Is this the year NY government rids itself of corruption and scandals? – February 28, 2019

NPR: Capitol Lobbying Heats Up As NYS Budget Deadline Nears – February 27, 2019

Rochester Business Journal: Upstate groups to march on Albany for campaign finance reform – February 27, 2019

Rochester First: Activists head to Albany to push elections reform – February 27, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign Swarms Albany to Call on Legislators to Pass Public Financing of Elections – February 27, 2019

New York Post: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez targets New York’s campaign finance laws – February 27, 2019

Fox Business: Ocasio-Cortez touts $15 campaign donations amid calls for reform – February 27, 2019

State of Politics: Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Public Financing For New York – February 26, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Campaign Finance Reform May Come with Mandatory Debates for Statewide Elections – February 25, 2019

Hunts Point Express: Biaggi pushes for campaign finance reform – February 24, 2019

Crain’s New York Business: A chance to get big money out of New York politics – February 22, 2019

Fox 40: Religious and Secular Leaders Call For New York State Budget Reform – February 20, 2019

Binghamton University Pipe Dream: Speakers talk fair elections, state budget at Binghamton forum – February 20, 2019

NY State of Politics: Edie Falco-Narrated Video Compares Big Money In Politics To Godzilla – February 20, 2019

Press Release: Edie Falco Stars in “NY vs Godzilla: Taking on Big Money” – February 20, 2019

Gotham Gazette: How New York Can Become a Real Democracy: Re-Center Race as Legislative Progress Continues – February 14, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Legislators Pursue Campaign Finance Reform for District Attorneys – February 13, 2019

City & State: Sen. Salazar: To combat dark money, New York needs fair elections – February 12, 2019

WAMC: Blair Horner: Test Of Albany’s Commitment To Reform Looms – February 11, 2019

Capital Tonight: Environmental Groups Calls For Public Financing – February 8, 2019

Capital Tonight: Reinvent Albany Releases Ethics Analysis – February 8, 2019

State of Politics: Campaign Contribution Ceiling Goes Up – February 6, 2019

Auburn Citizen: NY campaign contribution limits increase as Cuomo seeks to lower ceiling – February 6, 2019

NBC News Channel 13 (WNYT): Ralliers push for changes to NY state immigration and education systems – February 5, 2019

lohud.com: Deep-pocketed donors hold sway over New York politics, and all of us suffer: Sen. Biaggi – February 4, 2019

Syracuse Post-Standard: Sen. May: Let’s get big money out of NY politics (Commentary) – February 1, 2019

The Capitol Pressroom: Fair Elections – February 1, 2019

NPR: Advocates see new hope for publicly financed election campaigns in N.Y. – January 31, 2019

Capital Tonight: Fair Elections Coalition Grows To 200 Groups – January 31, 2019

U.S. News: Small Donors Silenced by Big Money in Politics – January 29, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Campaign to Albany: Great Start, Now Finish the Job – January 24, 2019

New York Times: Letter: Albany’s Progress on Voting: Two Cheers for Now – January 24, 2019

Capital Tonight: Elections Chair Sen. Myrie Talks Voting Bills – January 23, 2019

Capital Tonight: Cuomo Says He Won’t Back A Budget Deal Without Ethics – January 18, 2019

American Prospect: New York’s Democracy Reform Bill, and the Message It Sends – January 18, 2019

Gotham Gazette: Cuomo’s 2019 Agenda of Election, Campaign Finance and Government Ethics Reforms – January 17, 2019

Capital Tonight: Cuomo Calls For Lower Contribution Limits – January 16, 2019

New York Daily News: Fight for lower rents by fixing campaign finance: Moving to a system that prioritizes small-dollar donations will weaken the influence of the real-estate lobby – January 15, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Statement on New York State of the State Address – January 15, 2019

New York Daily News: Go the distance on civic reform: New York is taking strong steps for the first time in a generation; it must finish the job – January 14, 2019

Press Release: Fair Elections Statement on Election Reform Legislation – January 14, 2019

Press Release: Housing Groups Respond to Legislation to Close the LLC Loophole – January 14, 2019

Wall Street Journal: State Street: Albany Lawmakers Eye Campaign Finance Reform, but Activists Want More – January 13, 2019

News 12 Westchester: NY Democratic lawmakers seek ‘fair election’ legislation – January 9, 2019

Capital Tonight Morning Memo: Expanding Public Campaign Finance Laws – January 8, 2019

State of Politics: Here and Now – January 8, 2019

NewsChannel 34 Binghamton: Activists call for public financing of election campaigns – January 7, 2019

Fox 40: Coalition Wants Cuomo, Democrats To Make Election Reform Top Priority – January 7, 2019

New York Daily News: Groups urge Cuomo to lead nation on campaign finance reform – January 7, 2019

Buffalo News: Coalition wants ‘fair elections’ legislation to be Albany’s first priority – January 7, 2019

City & State New York: How rent regulation depends on closing the LLC loophole – January 7, 2019

Spectrum News: Proposed Election Reforms Would Impact How You Vote – January 7, 2019

Press Release: National Organizations Call on Cuomo to Lead the Nation on Fair Elections – January 7, 2019

Capital Tonight: Public Financing, Campaign Finance Changes On The Menu – January 4, 2019

Long Island Advance: Pass fair Elections early in 2019 – January 3, 2019

The American Prospect: A New Playing Field for Democracy Reform – December 24, 2018

WRVO: Lawmakers pledge voting reform in the new year – December 21, 2018

Press Release: Fair Elections for New York Campaign Applauds Momentum for Fair Elections as Governor Cuomo Lays out 2019 Agenda – December 17, 2018

Capital Tonight: Advocates Push For Early Vote On Election, Campaign Finance Reforms – December 14, 2018

The Max & Murphy Show: The Push for ‘Fair Elections for New York’ – December 5, 2018

Buffalo News: Letter: Small-donor match system would give public more say – December 5, 2018

Gotham Gazette: Agenda 2019: High Hopes for Long-Awaited Reforms – December 4, 2018

Reclaiming the Narrative, WXIR 100.9 FM: Money Out, People In: Statewide Coalition Calls On Albany to Pass Voting, Campaign Finance Reform – November 30, 2018

Albany Times-Union: Momentum for ‘Fair Elections Act’ puts pressure on Assembly – November 29, 2018

Utica Observer-Dispatch: Groups push state Senate to change election laws – November 29, 2018

NY1’s Capital Tonight: Push for a Publicly Funded Campaign Finance System – November 28, 2018

Albany Times-Union: Reform push combines Democratic interests, nonpartisan charities – November 27, 2018

New York Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: Prominent unions pushing for New York State to enact public campaign financing system – November 26, 2018

Politico’s New York Playbook: Unions push statewide public financing for campaigns – November 26, 2018

Press Release: Over 90 Organizations Call On Albany Leaders to Fix Democracy as the First Order of Business – November 26, 2018

Poughkeepsie Journal: Expand and protect voting rights: Letter – November 11, 2018

 

MAJOR NEWSPAPERS SUPPORT FAIR ELECTIONS

“A politically appointed commission given the power to transform New York state’s election law has gone out of its way to minimize public access to its work. “
The Citizen Editorial Board, December 1, 2019

“The Legislature must not let an important goal be twisted for political purposes. What started as a laudable effort to create a system of public financing for campaigns and get some of the big money out of New York politics was hijacked this past week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic Party for their own political purposes.”
Times Union Editorial Board, November 30, 2019

“Dollars and doubts: Albany’s weak, ridiculous plan to clean up elections”
New York Daily News Editorial Board, November 27, 2019

“If Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins don’t move for a special, it’ll be yet another sign that this whole endeavor was nothing but a cynical insider play to exploit the ninnies pushing for ‘reform.’”
New York Post Editorial Board, November 26, 2019

“Imagine a state where big money no longer could so easily flow to candidates. Imagine a state where a modest expenditure of state tax money would go to match local donations so that those who are not independently wealthy could compete with those who either have money or are willing to do favors to get it. The commission was set up to implement those changes.”
Times Herald-Record Editorial Board, November 25, 2019

“Campaign finance commissioners had one job. They blew it.”
The New York Daily News Editorial Board, November 25, 2019

“One step in that direction should be coming from the commission empowered by legislators to come up with a way to provide matching funds for candidates. We are still a few weeks away from the final commission report but those who hoped that this would make a big difference may have to be prepared for disappointments.”
The Times Herald-Record Editorial Board, November 18, 2019

“Unwilling to mop up political cash sloshing around Albany by means of regular lawmaking, the poobahs there punted the work to a nine-member Public Campaign Financing Commission, which seems determined to make a hash of it. Which might have been the plan all along.”
The New York Daily News Editorial Board, November 18, 2019

“New York deserves an election system that vests power in the people, not in deep-pocketed contributors and self-serving political bosses. This commission still has the rare chance to provide that system.”
Newsday Editorial Board, November 14, 2019

In the coming weeks, New York could adopt a strong system of public financing of elections and help bring good government to Albany.”
New York Times Editorial Board, November 7, 2019

“For years, New Yorkers have been waiting for campaign finance reform to clean some of the corruption out of the electoral process. Now, here’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo corrupting the process of creating those very reforms… There is still time to get this right — for the commission to take the third party issues off the table and design a credible public financing system. If it won’t, then all this is about is settling Mr. Cuomo’s scores”
Times Union Editorial Board, November 1, 2019

“Rewriting New York’s election laws via a special commission is looking ever more ridiculous… With Democrats in firm control of both chambers, they should’ve been able to actually write the new laws”
New York Post Editorial Board, October 25, 2019

“A truly open process that’s true to the good-government aim of campaign finance reform would have the commission produce a draft proposal and then take public comment on it before issuing a final plan.”
Times Union Editorial Board, October 20, 2019

“Campaign finance reform is a big deal, and the public should have the opportunity to offer feedback that can help make it work in the most fair way possible.”
The Citizen Editorial Board, October 17, 2019

“Campaign finance reform is a big step forward for New York — and it’s been a long time coming”
The Citizen Editorial Board, October 9, 2019

The most consequential potential is obvious from the name of the group, the Public Campaign Financing Commission…What is important is that New York finally is talking about this topic and seems on the way to doing something.”
Times Herald-Record Editorial Board, September 16, 2019

“The benefits of public financing are clear: better government, led by politicians who are more independent and more responsive to communities they are meant to serve.”
New York Times Editorial Board, September 8, 2019

” we need an industrial-strength declogging of the state’s gunked-up campaign finance system”
New York Daily News Editorial Board, July 31, 2019

“What we have now in New York is a wide-open system that allows large cash gifts from wealthy donors, encouraging corruption and discouraging everyday citizens from participating. What we need is a public matching funds system, as New York City has now for city elections, which matches small donations with a multiple in public cash.”
Post Star Editorial Board, April 7, 2019

“So we will hold the applause on campaign reform for now, because we don’t know if it will really happen or not. And we will continue to encourage the governor and legislative leaders to stop avoiding straightforward legislative action by pushing things off to committees with questionable authority.”
The Citizen Editorial Board, April 4, 2019

“That’s not to say that, on balance, the 2019-20 state budget is a bad deal… It sets in motion a plan for a system of public financing of political campaigns and a plan to lower contribution limits to reduce the influence of big money.”
Times Union Editorial Board, April 1, 2019

“The budget requires the state to establish the public financing system but leaves critically important details to the commission, which will be made up of nine members appointed by Mr. Cuomo and senior lawmakers… The commission could succeed — but only if Mr. Cuomo; Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate majority leader; and Carl Heastie, the Assembly speaker, move swiftly to appoint independent and knowledgeable people to the panel. To make the system useful for first-time candidates, it will also have to offer a substantial match for small-donor contributions. New York City’s public financing system, for example, offers a candidate $8 for every dollar raised.”
New York Times Editorial Board, April 1 2019

“Reaching an agreement on public financing of elections could be harder. Many legislators, especially in the State Assembly, have opposed it. After public pressure, Mr. Heastie backed the measure. The plan is worth the fight.”
New York Times Editorial Board, March 29, 2019

“While the Daily News backs a public finance system, if they can’t agree on the details, why in God’s name can’t they start by slashing the ridiculously high caps on contributions, creating a database of deals and giving the state controller pre-audit power on big contracts? Isn’t that better than nothing?”
Daily News Editorial Board, March 29, 2019

“Democrats have long called for public financing — as they did with closing the LLC loophole — and blamed Republicans who controlled the Senate for the failure to pass a statewide system. That excuse is gone, and reports of the Assembly Democrats’ sudden second thoughts smack of a broken promise in the making.”
Albany Times Union Editorial Board, March 27, 2019

“Albany, don’t let public campaign financing slip away”
Syracuse Post-Standard Editorial Board, March 24, 2019

“How to Challenge Albany’s Corrupt Culture. Public financing of state elections is the best way to clean up New York’s state capital.”
New York Times Editorial Board, March 16, 2019

For years, Assembly Democrats blamed New York’s failure to create a system of public financing of elections on Senate Republicans. Now, they’re blaming … Assembly Democrats… To their credit, Democrats have passed a number of other election and campaign reforms after years of seeing them blocked by Republicans. They should get out of their own way now, and pass this one, too. Or they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.”
Albany Times Union Editorial Board, March 11, 2019

“The Senate and Assembly are preparing their budget bills. Public campaign financing should be part of them. Democrats in both chambers have wanted it in the past. Now that they can make it happen, to stop short would be nothing short of hypocrisy.”
Newsday Editorial Board, March 7, 2019

“Attempts to advantage big donors have featured prominently in the state’s scandals and convictions. That’s why public financing of elections is so necessary — and why the status quo can’t stand.”
Albany Times Union Editorial Board, February 13, 2019

“NYS Legislature has unique opportunity to fix Albany”
Syracuse Post-Standard Editorial Board, January 8, 2019

“Albany: Put New York’s Needs Before Your Own”
New York Times Editorial Board, December 20, 2018

“it is time to design and enact a fair, honest and affordable system of publicly-funded elections.”
Albany Times Union Editorial Board, November 10, 2018

“A new class of senators clobbered Independent Democratic Conference incumbents on platforms of wringing big money out of politics and will be raring to get the job done. The moment for change has arrived. Cuomo can get on board, or consider his third term a failure.”
New York Daily News Editorial Board , November 8, 2018

“The state should also consider adopting public financing of campaigns, a matching system that would take back power from well-funded special interests and make elections more competitive. Such a system has worked well, over all, for New York City.”
New York Times Editorial Board, Sept. 5, 2018

“Public financing of campaigns is probably the best solution to rid money from politics.”
Newsday Editorial Board, March 3, 2018

“They need to reduce the temptation and corruption that money has on elections following the example of New York City which is moving toward more public funding of elections and starting with the elimination of the loophole that allows some businesses to give unlimited amounts to favored candidates.”
Times Herald Record Editorial Board, November 7, 2018

New Yorkers deserve a responsive, accountable government. Voter turnout in New York is among the lowest in the nation, due in part to antiquated procedures for registration and voting that discourage participation. And our campaign finance system favors the wealthy over everyday, working New Yorkers. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many.

 

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